- Probing Questions: How can coastal cities prepare for increasing storm surge?
What happens when a hurricane makes landfall and brings with it a deluge of deadly water? The storm surge in a hurricane is arguably the greatest threat to lives and one that is often ignored. Brent Yarnal, professor of geography in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, researches the vulnerability of coastal communities to contemporary hurricane storm surge and the role of our rising sea level in increasingly destructive storms.
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- 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition
The 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition took place on April 6, highlighting the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in research and creative endeavors. Students from all Penn State campuses were invited to enter research posters in the exhibition.
See the list of award recipients.
- NASA taps Penn State geoscientist to join ancient Mars habitability project
When NASA began seeking new scientists to join its Curiosity Mars rover team, Penn State geoscientist Christopher House knew his experience could be a valuable asset to the project.
- Senior, ready to graduate, credits Penn State with opening doors to the world
Jordan Chapman has uncovered plant fossils while digging for dinosaurs in Denver and caught glimpses of the Milky Way in the sky on a flight to Israel. Now, the Penn State senior is getting ready to take that curiosity and drive to explore with him after he graduates from Penn State with a bachelor’s in anthropology and geosciences and a minor in geography.
- College of Engineering announces spring 2016 design showcase award recipients
The winners of the spring 2016 College of Engineering Design Showcase were announced on Thursday, April 28, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.
- DiBerardinis to speak at College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' commencement
Michael DiBerardinis, managing director for the city of Philadelphia, will deliver the address for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) baccalaureate degree commencement ceremony, to be held at 8 p.m. May 6 in Pegula Ice Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus.
- Penn State students win fifth straight national weather forecasting contest
For the fifth year in a row, Penn State students ousted more than 2,000 competitors in the national collegiate weather forecasting contest known as Wx Challenge. In the contest, students forecast weather in 10 different U.S. cities across two semesters. The Penn State students leveraged a meteorology course for their success.
- Personal cooling units on the horizon
Firefighters entering burning buildings, athletes competing in the broiling sun and workers in foundries may eventually be able to carry their own, lightweight cooling units with them, thanks to a nanowire array that cools, according to Penn State materials researchers.
- Three faculty members named Evan Pugh University Professors
Three Penn State faculty members have been named Evan Pugh University Professors, the highest honor the institution can give to a member of its faculty: Karen L. Bierman, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies; Katherine H. Freeman, distinguished professor of geosciences; and Thomas La Porta, Leonhard Chair and professor of computer science and engineering.
- 10 Penn Staters earn Fulbright awards for 2016-17
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State, has so far selected six Penn State students and four alumni as award recipients for the 2016-17 academic year.
- Gurunathan and Johnson chosen as Earth and Mineral Sciences marshals
Two students will represent the spring 2016 graduating class for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS): Kyle Johnson, an environmental systems engineering student, and Ramya Gurunathan, a materials science and engineering student. The EMS commencement ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. May 6 in the Pegula Ice Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus.
- Graduate student excellence celebrated at awards luncheon
Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
- Two graduate students honored with Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award
Two Penn State graduate students, Maridel A. Fredericksen and Dana M. Tobin, have been awarded the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. The award recognizes excellence in master’s-level thesis research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences — applied and basic; physical and computational sciences — applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.
- 13 graduate students receive Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award
Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences—applied and basic; physical and computational sciences—applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering. The graduate students were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
- University honors 10 graduate assistants with Martin Outstanding Teaching Award
Ten graduate students were presented the 2016 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
- EMS student’s paper wins first in SPE contest, advances to international final
A paper written by Michael Cavazza, a Schreyer Scholar majoring in petroleum and natural gas engineering, won first place in the Eastern North America regional Society of Petroleum Engineers student paper contest, held April 9 at Louisiana State University. Cavazza will advance to the final, international round of the contest, which will be held Sept. 26-28 at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai. His paper explores way to combine hydraulic fracturing and acid mine drainage to improve water quality in Pennsylvania streams.
- Graduate student wins Materials Research Society Gold Award
Lei Zhang, a materials science and engineering graduate student at Penn State, received an MRS graduate student award for research he presented at the 2016 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Zhang was one of seven students to receive the gold award, which recognizes students whose academic achievements and materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.
- Cuban literacy scholars to visit Penn State
The College of Education will host two Cuban scholars on April 27 and 28 when they visit the University Park campus to discuss Cuba’s historic literacy campaign. Felipe Pérez Cruz, Cuban literacy campaign expert and professor of history, and Luisa Campos, professor of history and director of the National Literacy Museum in Havana, Cuba, will speak to faculty and students to highlight what is viewed as one of the most successful education campaigns in history.
- Geosciences Colloquium - 4/26/2016
On Tuesday, April 26th, our final Colloquium Speaker for the Spring Semester, Pedro Marenco, Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Bryn Mawr College, presents "Increasing Oxygenation of the Oceans During the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Event: Insights From the Ordovician of Utah" at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome. more
- Geosciences Colloquium - 4/19/2016
On Tuesday, April 19th, Dr. Peter LaFemina presents the Geosciences Colloquium talk "Up, Up and Away: Interactions Between Magmatism, Tectonics and Climate" at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.More